tabletop filled with art supplies. Center is a sketchbook open to a page that says, 'Creative Arts International' with a pencil laying on top.

We've got some news!

We hope that you're all doing well! We are excited to share some news and updates with all of you.

Check out our class offerings in Banker's Hill!

And don't miss Fall & Winter camps with Encore Creative Arts Camps! Summer camps with Encore Creative Arts Camps were so fun that we're directing more this fall & winter!

Contact us through email and phone. As always, the best way to contact us is through text or email, as we may be teaching a class and unable to answer the phone.

In person classes are back! They will be the week of August 15th, and will be following local CDC guidelines. Masks are required currently for all in person classes for children and adults.

Here at SDCAP, the health and safety of our community is very important to us, and we continue to be committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.



Creative Arts International

"Where Arts Emerge!"

CAI is invested in engaging, training, and inspiring students of all ages and backgrounds who desire to grow artistically and confidently in the performing arts. Our organization is committed to providing an ongoing presence in communities, granting access to the arts as well as the stability of consistent after-school activity for children, especially the underprivileged and those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

raised fists in brown, tan, beige, rainbow, red, white, and blue, with the words Together We Rise

Together We Rise

A project for Light Up The Cathedral, San Diego Pride, 2020

"Together We RIse"aka "Raison D'etre - We Live to Rise" from San Diego Creative Arts Project on Vimeo.

Produced for "Light Up the Cathedral" and San Diego Pride

In 2018, San Diego Creative Arts Project was proud to be asked to perform for "Light Up the Cathedral" for SD Pride. This event is an interfaith event including leaders from around the world of many different religious beliefs and was broadcast. The performance created and directed by SDCAP Artistic Director, Laura Hodge, included Contemporary Dance to the Cathedral's renowned live organ, Spoken Word, and a Vocal Performance by SDCAP and students.

When asked to make a video for this year's event, with the prompts to include the theme, dance, and children and youth, Laura Hodge decided this was an opportunity to do something she has been wanting to do. Collaborate across the country with former colleagues and long time friends.

This collaboration includes Laura, along with Tome Cousin - Pittsburgh, Pa, Mami Tomatani - New York City, John Diaz, San Diego, CA, and Samuel "Quin" Blesoe - San Diego, CA. The children are Laura's SDCAP students, and students of Mami at Hariyama Ballet, NY.


Produced by San Diego Creative Arts Project
Light Up The Cathedral - San Diego Pride 2020

Video Production and Editor - Samuel “Quin” Bledsoe

The Creators

Mami Tomotani - New York City, NY

Tome Cousin - Pittsburgh, PA

Laura Hodge - San Diego, CA

John Diaz - San Diego, CA

Samuel “Quin” Blesoe - San Diego, CA

Bubble Performance Artist - “Dead Alan” James - San Diego, CA

Youth - San Diego Creative Arts Project, CA

Mila Kuz

Taavi Melgarejo

Genevieve Silva

Avante Vadlamudi

Tabitha Silva

Elijah Silva

Unicorn - Isabel Hodge

Youth & Teens - Hariyama Ballet NY, NY

June Morishige

Léa-Miyu Foulloy

Kanae Funabiki

Lyn Russell

Haruki Fukase



Executive Artistic Director of San Diego Creative Arts Project, Laura is a Dance and Theatre Master Educator, Choreographer, Director, and Performing Artist, whose work is respected from Coast to Coast, and Mexico. Laura is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa, where she danced in Tome Cousin’s "Physical Theatre Project".

She has performed in numerous Musical Theatre productions, Dance companies, Touring Companies, Film, and Television, is a Union Member of SAG-Screen Actors Guild, and does Voice Over work.

Instagram: @thereallaurette and @sdcreativearts


Tome’ Cousin: Is a cross-art-form practitioner. While maintaining a prolific performance career he has molded an International award winning reputation that includes collaborations in theater, dance, music, film, photography, television and literature in the creation of over 90 original works.

Tome' is Associate Professor of Dance at Carnegie Mellon University.


Mami Tomotani choreographed many shows at Fiorello H.LaGuardia High School, Pittsburgh University and Contemporary dance pieces at Hariyama Ballet in NY. She performed many shows, include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in UK,USA and world tour, Musicals at Shiki in Tokyo and Contemporary at Ballet Linz in Austria. Mami is assistant director of The Broadway Experience.

Instagram: @happymamitomotani3


San Diego based John Diaz has worked nationally and abroad in Europe and South America as a professional movement artist, choreographer, collaborator and educator. His encounters with differing cultural models of body attitudes, awareness, alignment, and the process of navigating in the world have led to understanding functions of inner imagery, it's effects on the body, and the body's place in the world. John’s hope is to facilitate the stability, adaptability, radiance, grace, and directness inherent in everyone through movement education and dance performance.

Instagram: @veganheartdance


Sam is a Dancer, a Drag Performer, and hospitality specialist.

In 2014 Samuel studied dance at Grossmont College and learned Choreography and Composition, around this time he also began learning the art of Drag. Now he performs at local venues in San Diego as a dancer and Dragqueen. Currently he creates online performance videos with Terratour Dance, and works at Urban Mo's as a Host and Drag Queen.

Instagram: @royalharlequin